St. Mary’s put together a Lenten reflection booklet which we handed out on Ash Wed. in order to have a daily reflection on the Mass readings for the day. Most of the reflections were written by students (a few by staff). Here is today’s reflection:
March 5, 2013
Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent
Daniel 3:25, 34-43 * Matthew 18:21-35
In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus presenting the parable of the unforgiving servant to his disciples. Just a few verses earlier, in verse 18, Jesus tells his disciples “Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” It is here that we see a glimpse into the scriptural basis of the sacrament of reconciliation. In today’s reading, we find Peter asking a question for clarification that in essence is simply: “How often do you want me to do this?”
The answer is found in the beginning of the parable. It’s not a literal 70 times 7 equals 490, but rather a limitless number of times. The servant in the parable is forgiven the equivalent of about 20 years’ wages by his lord. The servant though, forgiven of his tremendous debt, fails to forgive a fellow servant of a much smaller debt, worth about 20 days’ wages. The lord gets wind of his servant’s mercilessness and has him thrown in jail until he can pay his debt, which is tough to do from a jail cell! God offers forgiveness with no bounds, no limits, no timeframe. It is available as often as we require it. It is not enough though to just seek God’s forgiveness, but as he forgives us of our sins, we must forgive those who sin against us. That idea sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Do I forgive others without reservation or do I tend to hold grudges for trivial wrongs others have done to me?
Do I frequent the sacrament of reconciliation regularly? Why or why not?
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